Action, Ethics, and Responsibility
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From Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

Action, Ethics, and Responsibility

Edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke and Harry S. Silverstein

Leading philosophers explore responsibility from a variety of perspectives, including metaphysics, action theory, and philosophy of law.

A Bradford Book

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Leading philosophers explore responsibility from a variety of perspectives, including metaphysics, action theory, and philosophy of law.

Most philosophical explorations of responsibility discuss the topic solely in terms of metaphysics and the "free will" problem. By contrast, these essays by leading philosophers view responsibility from a variety of perspectives—metaphysics, ethics, action theory, and the philosophy of law. After a broad, framing introduction by the volume's editors, the contributors consider such subjects as responsibility as it relates to the "free will" problem; the relation between responsibility and knowledge or ignorance; the relation between causal and moral responsibility; the difference, if any, between responsibility for actions and responsibility for omissions; the metaphysical requirements for making sense of "collective" responsibility; and the relation between moral and legal responsibility. The contributors include such distinguished authors as Alfred R. Mele, John Martin Fischer, George Sher, and Frances Kamm, as well as important rising scholars. Taken together, the essays in Action, Ethics, and Responsibility offer a breadth of perspectives that is unmatched by other treatments of the topic.

Contributors Joseph Keim Campbell, David Chan, Randolph Clarke, E.J. Coffman, John Martin Fischer, Helen Frowe, Todd Jones, Frances Kamm, Antti Kauppinen, Alfred R. Mele, Michael O'Rourke, Paul Russell, Robert F. Schopp, George Sher, Harry S. Silverstein, Saul Smilansky, Donald Smith, Charles T. Wolfe

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$13.75 S | £10.99 ISBN: 9780262014731 316 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 1 b&w illus

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$7.75 S | £6.99 ISBN: 9780262514842 316 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 1 b&w illus

Editors

Joseph Keim Campbell

Joseph Keim Campbell is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.

Michael O'Rourke

Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Harry S. Silverstein

Harry S. Silverstein is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University, and coeditor of three previous volumes in the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series, Causation and Explanation (2007), Knowledge and Skepticism (2010), and Time and Identity (2010), all published by the MIT Press.

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  • Carefully argued and persuasive...the papers offer a wealth of problems, arguments, views, and perspectives.

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